A NEW hotel has opened its doors to guests in the heart of Portsmouth city centre.
The new Premier Inn is next to Portsmouth & Southsea train station and is expected to be popular with visitors to the city.
A total of 34 new jobs have been created as a result of the seven-storey budget hotel opening up.
The project cost around £8m.
Operations manager at the hotel, Zoe Proctor-Ferrier, said: ‘It’s very exciting. We’ve waited a very long time for this. It’s great for me and my team now to be open and to have a hotel in Portsmouth city centre.
‘It’s got a great location in a city which is in need of a hotel of this size.
It’s got a great location in a city which is in need of a hotel of this size
‘There is lots to do and see round here. We’ve got so many local attractions.
‘It’s of a close proximity to the train station for business and leisure guests. You can’t go wrong.’
The hotel is already fully booked for this weekend, which is the Victorian Festival of Christmas at the Historic Dockyard. The hotel has 84 rooms including double rooms and family rooms.
There is a restaurant that seats 75 people and serves breakfast and dinner.
Councillor Frank Jonas, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, was there to officially open the hotel yesterday.
He said: ‘They are a big brand and they have opened in a brilliant location. I wish them all the success.
‘It is a brilliant addition to the area and it is going to help.
‘We are short of hotels and the location of this one is servicing a need.
‘You’ve got the University of Portsmouth headquarters, the civic offices and the Guildhall nearby.
‘These are all places that people come to for meetings and conferences and this is the ideal location if they want to stay overnight. They are within walking distance of all of those. This is great for the city.’
A Costa coffee shop is also being built underneath the hotel and is due to open on Tuesday, December 8.
Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, has been keen to open more hotels in the city for tourists, with particular attention being paid for an increase in four-star and five-star options.